THE WILLIAM CLAXTON COLLECTION
180 Pure Virging Vinyl LPs in Gatefold Packaging.
INCLUDES 2 BONUS TRACKS
This was the first album featuring Joe Williams (1918-1999) as the vocalist of the Count Basie orchestra. Basie and Williams’ first real encounter would take place in 1954, and from that year until 1961,Williams remained the singer for the band, rising to national prominence with Basie. “Every Day I Have the Blues”, recorded in 1955, was one of his many hit recordings (it was added to the Grammy Hall of Fame for recordings of particular historical or qualitative importance in 1992). After leaving the Basie band, Williams had a successful career as a soloist at festivals, in clubs and on television. He and Basie remained on good terms and Joe regularly appeared with the Count’s orchestra.
JOE WILLIAMS, vocals on all tracks
COUNT BASIE & His Orchestra:
Wendell Culley, Reunald Jones, Thad Jones, Joe Newman (tp),
Henry Coker, Bill Hughes, Benny Powell (tb), Marshall Royal (as, cl),
Bill Graham (as), Frank Wess (ts, fl), Frank Foster (ts),
Charlie Fowlkes (bar), Count Basie (p), Freddie Green (g),
Eddie Jones (b), Sonny Payne (d). Frank Foster, Ernie Wilkins (arr).
Fine Studios, New York, May 17 (A1-A4) & July 26 (B1-B5), 1955.
(*) BONUS TRACKS: Same personnel.
Universal Recordings Group, Chicago, January 23, 1956.
1 EVERY DAY
2 THE COMEBACK
3 ALRIGHT, OKAY, YOU WIN
4 IN THE EVENING (WHEN THE SUN COMES DOWN)
5 AS I LOVE YOU (*)
1 ROLL’EM PETE
2 TEACH ME TONIGHT
3 MY BABY UPSETS ME
4 PLEASE SEND ME SOMEONE TO LOVE
5 EV’RY DAY (I FALL IN LOVE)
6 STOP! DON’T! (*)